Contributors

Religion in Public is the product of collaborations between a group of scholars interested in questions about how religion and public, in all of their manifestations, mix. While we often think of public as politics, here we mean something more encompassing – social behavior, political action, and collective outcomes. This is a space to share findings that enlighten our understanding of religion in public.

Our Founding stable of contributors includes:

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Paul Djupe (PhD, Washington University, Political Science) has been studying religion and politics in the United States for over twenty years. He is the former editor of the journal Politics & Religion, is the series editor of Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics at Temple UP, is on the board of PRRI, and is the author or editor of a number of books and articles described at his website. He has also written for FiveThirtyEight, the Monkey Cage, and others. He’s on twitter.
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Ryan Burge (PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Political Science) is both a researcher of religion and politics but also a pastor in the American Baptist Church. His work has focused on tolerance, clergy political activity, the emergent church movement, and evangelicals’ use of social media. Access to his articles can be found on his website. His research has been highlighted in the Washington Post, the Corner of Church and State, and NPR-WSIU.
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Andrew Lewis (PhD, American University, Political Science) is on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in understanding the relationship between religion, politics, and law in America. He is the author of several academic articles and has a forthcoming book with Cambridge. He has also written several pieces for FiveThirtyEight and the Monkey Cage and currently serves as the Book Review Editor at Politics & Religion. Visit his website for more about his work.
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Elizabeth A. Oldmixon (PhD, University of Florida, Political Science) is associate professor of political science at the University of North Texas and editor-in-chief of Politics and Religion. She is formerly a Fulbright Scholar and an APSA Congressional Fellow. Her work focuses on religion and politics, the political systems in the United States, Ireland, and Israel, legislative policymaking, and LGBT politics. Visit her website for more information. You can also follow her on Twitter.
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Daniel Bennett (PhD, Southern Illinois University, Political Science) is assistant professor of political science at John Brown University. His research focuses on the intersection of law, religion, and politics in the United States. His book, Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement, will be released in July 2017 with the University Press of Kansas. He has also written for Corner of Church and State (covering the U.S. Supreme Court) and has contributed to Religion and Politics. You can follow him on Twitter.
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Amy Erica Smith (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science) is assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University, and is also currently a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research examines how citizens seek representation and develop democratic orientations, with a focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. Her work has been supported by Fulbright and the National Science Foundation. Visit her website for more information, including links to blogging on the Monkey Cage.
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Melissa Deckman (PhD, American University, Political Science) is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College and chairs the board of PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute. Her areas of specialty include religion, gender and conservative political movements in American politics. Her latest book, Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right, was published by NYU Press in 2016. You can follow more of her commentary and writing at Twitter.